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Grateful Dead Live at Universal Amphitheatre on 1973-07-01

Topics Live concert

Mississippi Half Step, Me & My Uncle, Sugaree, The Race is On, Brown Eyed Women, Looks Like Rain, Don't Ease Me In, Big River, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Around & Around Playin' In The Band, Row Jimmy, El Paso, Loose Lucy, Truckin'-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Me And Bobby McGee, Casey Jones

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Universal Amphitheatre
Location Universal City, CA

Source Audience Recording
Lineage aud> Sony ec M22P mics >Sony 770 MR> R1> DAT> CDR


daud> Sony ec M22P mics >Sony 770 MR> R1> DAT> CDR; via M. Lai; note info file lists as 2 CDs but shn set is tracked for 3 CDs


Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - July 2, 2014
Subject: --
This *is* a great recording, esp. by '73 standards - everything's quite surprisingly intimate given the first WOS and such; the band is in top form and you'll have a *lot* of fun listening to this one.

Set 1 - Of course, Playin' is as magnificent as ever, but check tunes like Brown-Eyed Women - workhorse, nothing overtly *special* about it, and yet...

Set 2 - that same kind of energy is present during Loose Lucy, easily my favorite highlight of the night. I'e heard this one a lot from this year, and it's pretty much impossible NOT to enjoy it in any context, but coming in as the third song of the 2nd set, with this AUD sound there's something giddy-good about it.
Reviewer: chris phillips - - December 6, 2013
Subject: great recording
Jerry sounds kicked back, but his guitar playing is aggressive. Definitely a unique sounding show given this.
The first set is quite entertaining. Half-Step, MAMU and China Cat rip.

For Loose Lucy see 3/28 which also features my favorite Half-Step (and a wistful Stella).
Reviewer: ApproximateMan - - July 2, 2013
Subject: ditto Mu-tron
This recording really shows off the dynamics of Jerry's guitar tone the way it's suppose to be heard. Turn it up on the Playin' jam. This is way better than any 80's audience tape I've ever heard.
Reviewer: baconbus - - August 22, 2011
Subject: Turn to 11
Epic Playin' with the jazz jams that I love and then Truckin until the end is monster. Especially the hot chords on Truckin' and the Other One Phil bombs - each jam is jammed with Jerry just pushing and pushing until there's nothing left and it all melts into August West.

Great recording - sounds best on 11.
Reviewer: Mu-tron - - June 30, 2009
Subject: Playin
Prime Garcia. Beautiful Sound.
Reviewer: Blue Crystal Night - - January 14, 2009
Subject: track numbers
1Mississippi Half Step
2Me & My Uncle
4The Race is On
5Brown Eyed Women
6Looks Like Rain
7Don't Ease Me In
8Big River
9China Cat Sunflower->
10Know You Rider
11Around & Around
12Playin' In The Band
13Row Jimmy
14El Paso
15Loose Lucy
17The Other One->
19Wharf Rat->
20Me And Bobby McGee
21Casey Jones
Reviewer: gphishmon - - February 7, 2008
Subject: Nice find!
A bit on the short side, yes, and maybe only average for 73, but excellent nonetheless. The Truckin>Other One>Space is the STUFF! Especially the little jam in Truckin' that sounds like Jerry's thinking of going into Nobody's Fault but doesn't quite get there, and then the space is stellar. The audience recording, except for some minor skipping around in Truckin', seems just about perfect to my ears - pitch is on, no hiss, not too much crowd noise. This is where you need more than a 5 star scale. This is better than almost any 85 show (3/25/85 being a possible exception), but not nearly as good as say, 6/10/73.
Reviewer: steimy incny - - December 29, 2007
Subject: their finest
One of the best quality recordings of G.D. you will ever hear.Not just the taping but this is the Dead we all remember.
Reviewer: gruUbic - - May 25, 2007
Subject: Raw Dawgs
The vocals are a little low...
barring that -- friggin PHAT!

Awesome energy

Great aud tape - raw...hard and tight
5's and nothing but
Reviewer: RevAlex - - December 16, 2006
Subject: Excuse me... you know a guy named Glenn Davis?

Love this concert.
Reviewer: jhender501 - - November 10, 2006
Subject: Yep
got this one last night and it's next in que for the CD player in my truck..a spot currently occupied by 11-6-77 (or is it 11/16?)..anyway..will get to it this weekend, I'm sure. Great the "Loose Lucy" on this one.

Reviewer: laptaper - - November 10, 2006
Subject: Who needs SBDs?
I'm a total SBD snob, so I downloaded the board of this show tonight. Took one quick listen, compared it to this source, which I already had, and chucked the board. When it's right, it's right. :-D
Reviewer: carneymatt - - November 7, 2006
Subject: Doesn't get any better than this!
Great example of a letter perfect audience recording. When an aud is this well done it's better than any sbd in my opinion. 5 stars all around.
Reviewer: johnCage - - July 1, 2006
Subject: Great jamming! An all-time great Playin' (IMHO)
This concert was my first GD concert. For a young budding musician, this was a landmark event in my life...

When I arrived at this concert, I had heard many of the then extent dead albums, and my only exposure to their extended improvising was in Live/Dead and Live in Europe (Truckin... Morning Dew). But nothing prepared me for what I was to experience on July 1, 1973.

Having dosed up (!) immediately prior to arriving at the Amphitheatre, I enjoyed the first set. However, I was really waiting for the extended jams, like those I'd heard on Live/Dead and Live in Europe.

Well, the 2nd set opened with Playin in the Band. None of my previous music-listening experiences prepared me for the jam that was to ensue! It was like a whole new musical world opened up before me. It was one of the greatest highs of my life. And then ... the rest of that incredible second set, culminating with a tremendous Other One!

All of these years I've wondered if it was really as good as I remember.

And now, after all these years, I find such a beautiful recording of that very concert (I'm referring to the AUD recording)! So, I downloaded the second set, turned down the lights and relived that experience. I couldn't believe how great it sounds -- especially the jamming in PITB -- I think among the best versions that I've come to hear!

I thought I'd never hear that great music again. I'm tremendously grateful to those wonderful people who made this resource possible and available (including whoever made this wonderful AUD recording)! THANK YOU!!
Reviewer: dscott - - June 20, 2006
Subject: Best Playin' ever?
Great quality aud for any era, and of all the incredible versions of Playin' out there, this may well be the best (well, maybe 2nd to 12/28/79). The whole concert just crackles with energy. Deep, weird space jams in TOO too.
Reviewer: August North - - June 13, 2006
Subject: Aud World
Yes this is an aud world one worth the downlow - PSST - pass it on......Just take a listen to that sweet sweet geetar - pure love & joy
Reviewer: Shut Up 'N' Play Yer Guitar - - April 16, 2006
Subject: Nice 73 aud
Great sound for an aud tape of this era. Features an exceptional Playin' in my opinion.
Not the most essential 73 show, but definitely worth a listen.
Reviewer: skuzzlebutt - - April 5, 2006
Subject: Decent Show, Excellent Sound
Best '73-'74 era audience recording I've heard yet (although I admittedly still have a lot of research left to do on the pre-'75 auds in this new boardless world) and for that reason alone gets a four star rating. As mentioned below the vocals are a little low but certainly not inaudible. You may also need to tweak your bass slightly to "feel" Lesh a little more, but Garcia comes across loud and crisp. Other than possibly being a bit short, the show is pretty run-of-the-mill for the time (i.e.,fairly tight with the most noteworthy jamming coming near the very end). I wouldn't rank it with the year's best by a long shot but it's totally worth the download for the excellent "you are there" feeling it captures.
Reviewer: Peters - - May 1, 2005
Subject: beefy loose lucy
I think this loose lucy kicks ass, Jerry seems to be enjoying it a lot check it out
Reviewer: dax king - - April 26, 2004
Subject: best audience tape of the early 70s
Get this show!! While the vocals are a little miffy the instruments sound like a modern neumann onstage mix. This show is not the best of the year, however it is a priceless snapshot of what a dead show felt like if you were to close your eyes at a 73 summer show. Best pre-74 audience tape this side of 8-6-71!! Judge for yourself!! Outstanding!!
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